Punches to fly Friday in Olympic-style boxing

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Kinesiology sophomore Sanae Boutahar keeps count of the number of toe touches liberal arts freshman Sean Robert Engleka does during boxing practice Oct. 12 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin.  Photo by Gloria Fernandez De Clements

Kinesiology sophomore Sanae Boutahar keeps count of the number of toe touches liberal arts freshman Sean Robert Engleka does during boxing practice Oct. 12 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin. Photo by Gloria Fernandez De Clements

The college’s boxing team trains Oct. 12 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin. The team will participate in a boxing event sponsored by the office of student life 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday in the mall.  Photo by Gloria Fernandez De Clements

The college’s boxing team trains Oct. 12 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin. The team will participate in a boxing event sponsored by the office of student life 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday in the mall. Photo by Gloria Fernandez De Clements

The college team has eight female, seven male pujilists.

By INGRID WILGEN

icobham@student.alamo.edu 

The office of student life is sponsoring a USA Olympic-style boxing event 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday in the mall.

This college’s boxing team will fight the Alcoser Boxing Club.

Student life director Jorge Posadas said the boxing club at this college is registered with USA Boxing.

The team’s sanction through USA Boxing makes student competitors eligible to fight in Golden Gloves and Olympic boxing events, he said.

Student activities specialist Carrie Hernandez said Ramos Boxing Team may participate as well.

The team is sponsored by a gym with the same name at 522 Moursand.

Gym owner Arturo Ramos is the father of Hector Ramos, this college’s boxing coach.

Beginner and veteran boxers will demonstrate their prowess at the campus event, including 15 boxers from this college. Eight of these are women.

The weigh-in and physical begin at 8:30 a.m.

Hector Ramos said the team has stepped up its game and members are training to win.

This event will be nursing sophomore Maria Altamirano’s 10th fight. Completing this bout will move Altamirano from the novice class to the open class.

Novice class contains boxers who have fewer than 10 fights in their passbook.

Business freshman Danny Vasquez is new to boxing but not new to the ring.

Vasquez is a mixed martial arts fighter, a sport that allows fighters to strike their opponents with punches and kicks.

“Most of my weapons have been taken away since I can’t kick,” he said. “This is another form of art for me.”

Hector Ramos said fighters are matched according to their abilities.

Hernandez said the bout list will not be out until the end of the week.

Posadas said Thursday the cost of the event is $5,105, which includes renting the boxing ring and paying sanction fees.

For more information, call student life at 210-486-0125.

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